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Oxford meeting postponed until July 2023

In view of government advice and lockdown into late Spring 2021, the Executive has made a decision to postpone the Oxford meeting until July 2023. The 2022 BOPSS meeting will take place in Manchester as originally planned. The Executive is pleased to announce that BOPSS will be jointly organising with the College an oculoplastics seminar chaired by Vickie Lee on 24th June 2021. BOPSS will be organising a webinar in November 2021 with more details to follow shortly. [...]

A Christmas Missive

In the year which long promised the hope of eradication of preventable eye disease across the world, 2020 has been overshadowed by the effects of the respiratory virus SARS-CoV-2. The pandemic has profoundly affected us all, our ability to serve our patients, to teach the next generation of doctors, and, for BOPSS, the ability to run our annual meetings. Although the UK’s national vaccination program is underway, the recent emergence of a more virulent strain of virus, dubbed B117, means [...]

Paediatric Preseptal and Orbital Cellulitis Pathways

The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy were very grateful for the comments from BOPSS members and have invited BOPSS to be a stakeholder in this pathway that has now been published. Thanks again to all our members who participated in this consultation. Many of your comments have been incorporated into the final pathway. https://bsac.org.uk/paediatricpathways/preseptal-orbital-cellulitis.php  

“Six of the Best” BOPSS Webinar – 15th October 2020

BOPSS warmly welcomes you to its first virtual symposium. This will take place on Thursday 15th October 2020 between 6pm and 8pm. As ever, BOPSS is being innovative and we are hosting “Six of the Best” where 6 members representing the breadth of our membership talk on six subjects to share six pearls from their experiences The meeting will take place on zoom and is FREE. Access to the meeting will be given nearer the time following registration. More info here [...]

Research Opportunity in Auckland

Clinician/researcher to join our team in Auckland for a PhD programme based around thyroid eye disease research. Role: We are inviting expressions of interest for a Thyroid Eye Disease MD/PhD project based at the Eye clinic, Auckland District Health Board and Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland, New Zealand National Eye Centre. An ideal candidate would have at least two years of medical and/or ophthalmology research experience and evidence of basic research aptitude e.g. scientific publication(s) in the international peer-reviewed [...]

Electrocautery as an Aerosol generating Procedure

Whilst electrocautery is not listed in the widely published lists of AGP, in some experimental models electrocautery has been demonstrated to generate aerosols. In view of this Members should consider employing some form of smoke extraction and wear PPE appropriate for AGP when using electrocautery.   Useful supporting links and documents: Clinical evidence-based review and recommendations of aerosol generating medical procedures in otolaryngology –head and neck surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic Andrew Thamboo1, Jane Lea, Doron D. Sommer, Leigh Sowerby, Arman Abdalkhani, Christopher [...]

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our colleague Tony Tyers

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we must let you know of the passing of our colleague Tony Tyers. As many of you will know, Tony bore a progressive illness over the past few years with characteristic strength, resilience, and commitment both to his family and his work. He was a great teacher, a towering authority in ophthalmology, and a true friend to us all. Amongst his many contributions, Tony will be remembered for his [...]

COVID-19 Prioritisation

COVID-19 Prioritisation The challenges presented to all ophthalmologists during the COVID-19 pandemic are enormous. Oculoplastic surgeons also face potentially high degrees of viral exposure in clinic and theatre from droplet and aerosol spread. Viral transmission may, or may not, occur from the tears and conjunctiva, but protection of the mouth, nose, and eyes is essential when examining or operating on patients. BOPSS both supports, and have contributed to, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ guidelines. We encourage all our members to [...]

Covid-19; high risk patients.

The AoMRC has requested that BOPSS remind members that we may be the primary physician for patients who are at high risk of increased morbidity and mortality from COVID-19  (1). These patients are being asked to consider complete self-isolation – or shielding – for their own safety. A template letter (2) which can be sent to such patients and the information sent out by NHSE (3) is available. Additional information can be found on the AoMRC website https://www.aomrc.org.uk/covid-19-clinical/ (1) AoMRC letter to clinicians (2) [...]